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I need a 3.5" controller for seven fans

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I've got a Rosewill Challenger, and since the MSI Radeon R6970 Lightning is bigger than a breadbox, I had to gut out the internal HDD cage. To compensate, I installed a HDD mount that takes up two 5.25" bays and allows for two 3.5" HDDs and one 2.5" sandwiched in between (I could fit a third 3.5" in place of the 2.5", but then there would be zero airflow in-between any of the drives).

Since the Challenger has only three 5.25" bays, and the third is reserved for an optical drive, I've only got the two 3.5" bays to work with for any sort of controller. I could just layer two four-fan controllers, one over the other, but if anyone's heard of one that could handle seven or more fans and take up two or less 3.5" bays, I'd love to know about it, too.

For reference, the fans are located: Two on the side, two in front, two in back (sandwiching a Corsair Hydro radiator), and one on top. All but the two in front are for exhaust.
    
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The Sunbeam Rheosmart 3 - 3.5" controller is 30w per channel and with a few 2/3 pin splitters should handle all 7 fans. Looks like it will match your case as well.
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Splitters might work. I mean, only the two on the side and the two in rear need to be paired, so I'd need a minimum of five control knobs or digital sets.
    
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These would be your options: http://www.xoxide.com/3fanco.html

The Rheosmart is honestly your best bet with 30w per channel. You can you use Bit Fenix 3-Pin to 3x 3-Pin Y Cable Splitter to connect 3 fans to one channel if you don't want to daisy chain within the case.
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Splitters might work. I mean, only the two on the side and the two in rear need to be paired, so I'd need a minimum of five control knobs or digital sets.
Ok, how bout 6 fans off the fan controller (Two on the side, two in front, two in back) and the top 140 is either connected to PSU/MB or this.
Edited by gymenii - 9/9/11 at 2:20pm
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That would work as well. The Rheosmart is also a pwm fan controller. It'll let the controller auto-adjust speeds based on system temperatures, guided by the mobo of course.
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